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-election to the united states senate. on each of these occasions, i have begun my remarks by observing that every important journey in life begins and ends at home. today is no exception. what is different about today, however, is not to announce the beginning of yet another campaign for the united states senate, but rather to announce that after 35 years of representing the people of connecticut and the united states congress, i will not be a candidate for re-election this november. i want to begin these very brief remarks by expressing my deepest gratitude to the wonderful people of connecticut for the remarkable privilege of being elected eight times over the past four decades to our national assembly. you have honored me beyond words with your confidence. let me quickly add that there have been times when my positions and actions have caused some of you to question that confidence. i regret that. but it is equally important that you know that i have never wavered in my determination to do the best job for our state and our nation. i love my job as your senator. i always have, still do. howeve
and reconstruction of how we deliver primary secondary education in the united states. and that's exactly what this panel is going to be discussing. very interesting papers on exactly that point by john chubb and steve wilson. and two inspired discussants. and without further ado, let me just say the presenters have 12 minutes each, the discussants 10 minutes each and if everybody is brisk we will have time for some conversation and discussion. take it away, john chubb. >> good morning. this morning and in the first panel you heard about mostly operational savings. now we're going to switch to the topic of educational opportunities. the country for the last two years has been going through the worst recession since the great depression. and every industry has been under enormous, enormous pressure to change. education is not unique in that regard. i want to start with an example. to illustrate this. the state of hawaii, like many other -- every other state in the nation has been under enormous pressure to try to deal with its budget gaps. it came to the decision last summer that it would balan
started in earnest in the late 1940's, we became very much a war that in the 1950's the united states of the soviet union were locked in to an existential crisis. it was a sort of stable crisis over the years, but a crisis nonetheless. we chatted a enormous nuclear power. we each have the ability to destroy the other country. and tonight, destroying most of the world. so we produced what was called a balance of terror, were both leaders on both sides, whenever there was a real crisis did not ever want to be pushed to a point of having to use nuclear weapons. and that governs the way we thought about our policy in almost every part of the world. now as a reporter in that environment, and as they moscow correspondent, and i remember i was the moscow correspondent during some of the most acute berlin crises, during the cuban missile crisis, and a number of others as well in the middle east. i believe now that i thought then that in pursuing my story, i wanted us to win. i didn't want the soviet union to gain and manage over the united states. i don't know that i literally wrote stories i
going to come to the fore. i think independents might. in many states in the united states today, there are more registered independents or unenrolled or the states have different names for them. who are not affiliated with either party. and i think there are more people -- i'm not the only person who is fed up with the high level of partisanship, and i think, you know, there have already been independents elected governors in some states, some local communities are getting rid of party designations for, you know, races for mayor and city council, so i think we may see slowly perhaps a rise of the independents politically. >> thank you. >> hi, i'm from washington jefferson college. you actually already answered two of my questions, but i guess i was wondering, since barack obama already, you know, tried to enhance the role of the congress, by letting them do what they're supposed to do, do you think that he will continue this encouragement and have them keep doing what they're supposed to do or do you think that the criticism of what he tried to do will maybe stop him in the futu
to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, january 21, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable kirsten gillibrand, a senator from the state of new york, to perform te duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, presidet pro tempore. mr. mcconnell: madam president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i want to thank the majority leader for giving me the chance to make my very brief opening remarks as i must leave the building shortly. i thank him. mr. president, the senate's newest member is coming down from massachusetts today and we'll have a chance to welcome senator-elect brown to the capitol. obviously, we're delighted to have him. senator-elect brown has captured the attention of the entire country, but he has captured the attention of massachusetts voters
the united states to have at least one corridor of substantial length that's served by a japanese or a european-style high-speed railroad? >> i think it's important that first off we wait and see what is applied for. you know, obviously i can't start commenting on what we're going to do until applications come forward and are weighed, you know, graded and then approved but clearly again i think we understand the need to ensure that we have very tangible, very, you know, substantial successes. and, you know, clearly again our vision is to follow the model of what the europeans have advanced. you know, keep in mind, when when the system in spain first opened up, you know, again ms. fleming talked about how essentially they begin with one trunk line, they did. they began with their one trunk line. essentially it was six to eight trains a day run being 125 miles an hour and from that they were so successful that they incrementally made the improvements that got them to roughly 20 trains a day at speeds of 200 miles an hour. so this is going to take a buildout, you know, a buildout muc
. four of those teams are from the united states. of course, our fairfax, virginia, team was the first one on the ground and has been actively providing service support and leadership to make sure this effort is coordinated and effective. we continue to send additional capabilities and will continue to send teams, but i believe it is now that there is a significant urban search and rescue effort underway. it is still attempting to save lives that they're still an important open window of time today, tonight, and perhaps even parts of tomorrow when we have the ability to save lives. haitian lives, american lives and the lives of partner government people that are there on the ground. we are also mounting today a major relief operation. this of course has been in planning and works since the beginning of this crisis. the united states is mounting this operation in close coronation between the fema, usaid, a number of other agencies, civilian agencies, and the department of defense that as the president noted yesterday now has the aircraft carrier, the vinson there. and that will dramatic
, the house of representatives is the greatest society of frequent flyers in the entire united states, so they obviously understood personally, in a way that, you know, not everybody would, what it's like to be an an airline and have somebody lighting up next to you, so we worked very closely with all of these groups. they mobilized their grassroots entities, they all -- who all were incredibly effective aft contacting people in their states, who then contacted their members and the tobacco industry, this is -- this issue, it happened -- took place such a long time ago, so things are very different than they are now, but the tobacco industry strongly opposed to this. members who represented tobacco industry strongly opposed this, and it was a huge struggle, and he offered the amendment on the floor, we ended up winning by a very small majority, but i think it was really good example of how, you know, one member, pretty junior member really, working with a very effective grassroots coalition, with strong ties in d.c., and also we also had a very, very good piece of scientific information t
at the united states and there's a lot of evidence that employment has been cut their rapidly and more significantly men in some sense warranted by demand. and this is reflected and so has investments in inventories it's that iraq and this is reflected much better than expected earnings of nonfinancial corporate, by the way not just in the united states but in europe as well in the course of a 2009. and a strong provincial position. this suggests to me that along with many others i expect a turn in the employment picture. especially given the latest numbers coming from the p.m. i, that suggest that we are still on a strong expansion path. the other two factors that i will point to one which go beyond deferring them souse, are in the order of importance i would say policies remain supportive in 2010. a large part of the stimulus package is still to be spent supporting to the omb. i think it's only about a third of the stimulus money has been spent in this country. financial support of the banking system remains. i'm actually encouraged by the fact that the largest banks in the united st
-brewer -- brewer -- this is a question of prescreening international air travel passengers to the united states. customs border protection accesses the airlines' passenger name records 72 hours before a flight is set to depart. but those records don't typically include important identifying information like passport or visa numbers which obviously makes it harder to match the passenger manifests with the government databases on the terrorism watch list. customs and border protection currently doesn't receive that important identifying information about passengers on a u.s.-bound flight till they begin the check-in process. and in some cases not until 30 minutes before the airplane's door closes. although we're checking the no-fly and selectee list in real time as passengers check into a flight we're not running as we described earlier visa revocations in real time. now, once the airplane's door closes and cpp receives batchall the national targeting center begin a more in depth analysis on the people on the flight to determine who will require additional attention once the flight lands. on chri
, whose the commission of the irs, and jefrey zients, our chief performance officer of the united states. here in our nations capital there are a number of ways to advance the ideals and interests of the american people. often is done through congress. but it can also be done through what's called a presidential memorandum, a directive that i get to cabinet secretaries and federal government employees to change how our government works. in a few moments, i will issue one of these directives to help stop government contracts from going to companies that are seriously delinquent in their taxes. this is not simple a matter of signing a piece of paper or taking a bureaucratic act. by issuing this directive, all of us in washington will be required to be more responsible stewards of your tax dollars. all across this country, there are people who meet their obligations each and everyday. you do your jobs. you support your family's. you pay the taxes you will, because it's a fundamental responsibility of citizenship. and yet somehow, it's become standard practice in washington to give contracts
of female soldiers have any 21st century united states army. we fail to talk about what it's like for commanders now with the 12 to 18 months of the well time to prepare for a 12-month deployment, what it's like to build teams, and how -- all the things that go into building teams in keeping them together. there's a lot of great stuff to talk about there and we just missed the opportunity because we got caught up in other things. but as far as my formations and the intent, my intent been understood by the soldiers and i don't have any second -- i don't have any issues with that at all. i think we are ok. >> general, american forces press corps. going to a more mundane things appear if it was the situation in and around mosul and what are your troops going to do on the election or for the election? >> great question it. you're first question was about mosul and the second one was about the election. mosul, mosul has got to elements of two iraqi divisions. iraqi army divisions. we do not have an iraqi police primacy in mosul ads because of the iraqi police strength is not sufficient
with colorado district attorney and united states attorney in colorado to ensure the cases were pursued by the most effected meaned. my office focused on enforcement by deceptive advertising on local borrowers and egregious cases. we examined the advertising of dozens loan originators for act violations. seize and assist letters went to those advertisers who were not disclosing an apr or who are disclosing inaccurate apr. by late 2006, our newspapers were full with option payment a.r.m. loan. they failed to disclose the borrowers would experience if they made over the minimum payment. they were led to believe they were buying a fixed-interest rate when only the first monthly payment was at the advertised rate. we issue subpoenas and conducted numerous depositions. the witness told us the teaser rates really quote, made the phones light up, unquote. it was clear that thousands of colorado borrowers got into the loan without knowing the true nature, the significant negative amityization that they were added and the penalties that came with the loan. a number went out of business. we reach
turn to your own experience of the united states, and i wondered what contrast you saw in your role and in its execution and that of donald rumsfeld of the department of state. and how you would characterize your relationship with rumsfeld? >> well, first of all, i first worked with bill cohen, who is don rumsfeld's previous successor. inevitably individuals bring their own style to bear. i would say that probably initially donald was somewhat -- to use the right word suspicious perhaps of a labour government. he was a republican politician. he had been a congressman many years before. he had previously been secretary of defense. i don't think he was whole persuaded a labour government where he could be comfortable. but he had a admiration with the prime minister and we were able to do business. >> how were you able to allay his suspicions during that period? >> i think by being consistent. i think he was -- i think he was anxious to ensure that people did what they said that they were going to do. >> and did you feel you had a good line of communication with him? that you were gett
know is pending in the united states senate. it's not only essential to those who are making good-faith effort to find work. but a direct spark to local economies. and the bill will help us build roads, lay tracks, upgrade water systems and more. some of the best ways to create good-paying jobs. building needed infrastructure. it is crucial to get a jobs bill to the president's desk as soon as possible and to continue to search out the most innovative ideas from economists, small businesses and communities to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. including those initiatives just laid out by the white house's middle class task force. creating jobs is priority number one. at the same time, however, we must deal effectively with our exploding debt. in the last administration fiscal denial turned a surplus into record deficits. on today's right, fiscal denial decries the deficit while pleading for more debt-financed tax cuts. meanwhile, the country is rightfully worried that washington is spending too much money. democrats get it. and we will do something about it. our country
-- on, you are immediately check the database. is he in the united states? if he has a visa, you cancel it. if he wants to come here, that act drives the system to perhaps respond. but right now i don't think the system works. >> thank you. i'm afraid we're out of time. i'd like to thank the panel and thank the audience for coming. let me ask one more time, take a look at our web site www.mepc.org. take a look at our journal and other programs we offer. thank you for coming. [applause] [inaudible conversations] : >> senators john mccain and joe lieberman say that american drone strike just over the border in pakistan are critical in defeating terrorists in the region. this coming from "the associated press." senator lieberman saying the strikes tonight in a saving. senator mccain say they have not al qaeda and other islamic extremist organizations off-balance. he said the u.s. is working with afghanistan and pakistan to reduce civilian suffering. we will have more about u.s. policy in afghanistan, and the challenges the obama administration faces this afternoon. we will hear from richar
back and forth. and exports from the united states has increased quite a bit. this year and one month we had sort of a setback. that is common because the numbers are released you a lot by borrowing. they shipped and plans one month and won the next, and that can make a big difference in the trade figures for that one month. it is a general trend, exports are rising pretty strongly. that is pretty good news for the american worker because it means maybe we are becoming more competitive and maybe we can sell more things. >> host: to job creation. carol, republican. good morning. >> caller: yes. i have a question in regards to the health care affects on new job creation and what it will do to the job economy. one of the questions i have, their is a lot of corruption in the city of chicago, and a lot of the newspapers. husband has been in jail for a couple years. while he was in jail for embezzlement and corruption he wrote the book that is the foundation of health care. is that the same? thank you. >> guest: to that health care. make the broader connection. it is really rough. a lot of
in making the decides united states and in fact the world safer. >> guest: the president since he came to office has been trying to sound that theme. he traveled overseas, trying to, at least, at least make, make the words that come out of the president be about more cooperation and so on. and i think he is going to try to incorporate this theme, which is, you know, the concern about terrorism and, perhaps something that, has been gone into the background, under his presidency, until now. he is going to try to merge those two things and you will probably hear him talk about cooperation overseas to help make everybody safe. >> host: let's go to the phones. our first call comes from jacksonville, florida. william on our line for independents. good morning. >> caller: good morning, sir. good to see you. i like you. you're pretty informative. hello? >> host: go ahead, william. >> caller: yes, sir. how do we fight an enemy that don't wear no uniform, number one, the terrorists? that is the crazy thing i ever see. can nobody speak the language over there? can nobody go to yemen or afghanista
government, the united states government, by $1.9 trillion. and as the senator from new hampshire very well pointed out, we are looking at deficits now into the forseeable future that exceed $1 trillion. in fact, it doesn't look like for the ten-year window that we do budgeting here in the united states senate that we're ever going to have a year where we don't have a deficit somewhere in the $1 trillion range. we looked at a $1.4 trillion last year, looking at another $1.2 trillion deficit for this year. at some point we just keep racking up more and more debt that gets passed on to future generations and future taxpayers. and as the senator from new hampshire pointed out, admission into the european union, there are a couple of key thresholds. one is debt as a percentage of g.d.p., which is 60%, is the threshold for admission into the european union. and deficits to g.d.p., which is about 3%, and as he also pointed out very effectively, we are at thresholds here in this country which exceed dramatically the deficit the to g.d.p. threshold that wouldn't even allow us to get into the europe
states, to the united kingdom, might have been relying on those stocks that i'm in, some of those shells, for sample, would use as improvised explosive devices, without any understanding of what was in the shelter those shells were being used by some of the insurgents, in the aftermath of the invasion. as i say, without understanding what the work and i'm not suggesting for a moment that they were of recent production. that they were there and clearly and store presumably in barracks and armories that were looted in the immediate aftermath of the invasion. >> so it took you a while. until the report of the survey group? >> yes, i think that was when it began to be clear that this was not the case. again, one of the issues that i've never quite understood, i think it's a straightforward issue, is why it's iraq, saddam, did not have access to the stocks, did he spend such an enormous amount of time and effort in trying to forestall the work of the expected that there isn't an entirely satisfactory answer to that that i'm aware of the. other than i have speculated as to whether, for example
, and the united states navy has set up a logistics' field in guantanamo bay that supports the bigger ships in the region so that they act as lilly pats to support the efforts on shore. based on all those capabilities and the ones on char we now have 63 helicopters in the region and because we were uncertain when we were moving here what the capacity was to be able to move around the city and moved around the country those helicopters are providing airlift support 24 distributions of goods throughout port-au-prince and were required throughout the rest of the country. in addition to that we have moved on to the ground the second brigade of the 82nd airborne division. they are still in the process of closing, and they are providing humanitarian assistance to the people of haiti, and as well as supporting minister who is responsible for the overall security and stability within haiti as part of the united nations mission. they are the second of the 82nd in supporting those efforts in providing security for humanitarian assistance for those requests are required. in addition we have the 22nd m
's actually owed. if you examine the revenue streams of the united states, it jumps out at you. that we're collecting about 80% or even somewhat less than that of what's actually owed.he money that was actually owed under the current rates, we'd be doing very well. we'd have offshore tax havens, abusive tax shelters, a tax gap, a difference between what's owed and what's paid and we have a tax system that is completely out of date. we have a tax system that was designed at a time we did not have to be worried about the competitive position of the united states. now we do. the world has changed and our revenue system has not kept pace. instead it is hemorrhaged with offshore tax havens costing us, according to the permanent subcommittee on investigations, over $100 billion a year in lost revenue. if anyone doubts a a pro-ration of offshore tax havens, i would ask them to google offshore hacks havens. we did that last year and got over a million hits including my favorite, live offshore tax free by putting your funds in offshore tax havens. mr. president, the reality is this, with we have
talks in new with united states wants north what is the position? >> i think if you go back to the discussion last month that ambassador stephen wadsworth and ambassador studentcam had in the john gone and both sides reaffirmed who the september september 2005 with a joint statement but if you go down the joint statement during number of elements outlined their. talks about the establishment of peace regime, normalization of relations among all of the parties concerned, an economic and energy cooperation. we've made clear is that we are -- if north korea says yes and comes back to the six party process, it makes a firm step toward normalization, then a wide range of other opportunities open up, but the first key here is that north korea has to come back to us, say yes and come back to the six preprocessor, start working on -- its obligations under the join communication statements and then when we're perfectly willing to have other talks. >> before the sixth party talks, what is the u.s. position? >> our position is we want to see north korea come back to the six party proce
realizes the icpd goals. this is a journey that the obama administration and the united states government will travel with you. but we need to travel quickly because we only have five years to meet our original goals. for the health statistics that i just mentioned, they point to the a broader impact. there's a direct connection between a woman's ability to plan her family, space her pregnancies and give birth safely and her ability to get an education, work outside the home, support her family and participate fully in the life of her community. when a girl becomes a mother before she becomes literate, when a woman gives birth alone and is left with a permanent disability, when a mother toils daily to feed her large family but cannot convince her husband to agree to contraception, these struggles represent suffering that can and should be avoided. they represent potential that goes unfulfilled, and they also represent are an opportunity to extend critical help to women worldwide and the children who depend on them. investing in the health of women, adolescents and girls is not only the ri
and certainly from the united states' perspective, get at those safe havens, where al qaeda leadership still lives and plans and is -- leads al qaeda and certainly is very much tied to threatening us and there's no better indication of that than what happened here in detroit on the 25th of december. so an awful lot of effort there, the president's decision to add the 30,000 troops to increase and accelerate the civilian surge into afghanistan, to focus on the development, to focus on governance from the districts up through national level, to really focus on corruption as well, and i believe we've got the right leadership there and now from certainly our main goal in afghanistan and pakistan, over the next couple of years is to execute that strategy. don't leave the broader middle east and south asia without talking about iran. usually when i talk about the broader middle east, i may academically get this wrong, but it's sort of tehran to beirut and everything in between and, you know, the continuing concern with iran and its development, its -- i believe its strategic intent to have nuclear
to investment banks. in my judgment the american people and the united states congress have a responsibility to know who got those loans, how much, and what were the terms. we have written to the chairman of the federal reserve board, myself, senator grassley, and eight others, to say, you now have a responsibility to tell us who got that money and what were the terms? his answer to us is i have no intention of telling you. that is not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to the congressor the american people. and that's -- congress or the american people. that's another reason i will not advance this nomination madam president, i yield the floor and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cardin: madam president, i first take this time to talk about former senator charles mack na thrc --mack was a true e best
, thank you for being here today. in your testimony you state that in your capacity as united states treasury secretary, you were not involved in any decisions with respect to payments to aig's counterparties. and that you were not involved in any of the decisions concerning aig's disclosure of those payments. i'd like to accept that at face value, mr. paulson, except the critical decisions concerning payments to counterparties were made after the passage of the emergency economic recovery act by congress at your request. and the emergency economic recovery act made the treasury secretary responsible for the use of funds authorized by congress. negotiations on the counterpart of payments by the federal reserve bank of new york, did not begin until november 6, 2008. the funding of the payment of the counter claims is backed by funds made available under the emergency economic recovery act. so, mr. paulson, doesn't it make it your responsibility to know how those funds were used? >> i think you'll find, congressman congressmen, and i think the secretary reported this, that t.a.r.p. inv
spending. the president, apparently -- the president of the united states, mr. president, apparently is going to offer in the state of the union address on wednesday the idea that we're going to the cut spending in some discretion -- and some discretionary items is about 17% of the budget. leader boehner in the house said it is like going to a pie-eating contest and now deciding you're going to go on a diet. i think it's like that family sitting around the table and trying to decide how they're going to cut their spending. instead of making meaningful cuts, it's like saying, okay, we'll cut our spending on beer and pizza. it's not enough. it's not enough. we are spending much more than we can afford to. and my three kids, and soon to be four, are not going to want to live in this country because they're not going have the same opportunity as they could in other places in the world. and shame on us if we fail our children in that way. so i stand with my colleagues, senator coburn, senator mccain, and senator enzi, in support of amendment 3303, which is an alternative to increasing thi
is the top notch security priority for the united states government in afghanistan. i am looking for to travel to afghanistan to visit with officials from the afghan government. 80 percent of afghans earn their income from agriculture. 35 percent of the afghan gdp comes of agriculture. 50% -- >> we will right now lead the state department briefing to go live to the heritage foundation. we have fixed the problem, and we will bring you this discussion on the 2010 midterm election. republican pollster kellyanne conway is the guest speaker. this is live coverage on c-span2. >> good afternoon and thank you all for venturing out on such a cold january day here in washington, d.c.. although it's a lot colder other places around the country. and around the world. welcome to all of you here in the nation's capital here at the heritage foundation with us, and to all of those watching on c-span. all around the country and the world. this is the january conservative women's network, and i'm michelle easton, president. special thank you to heritage foundation, brigitte wagner who is such a wo
that we don't have today. the rest of the world is not waiting around for the united states to act. countries are busy making their own arrangements. with each other and leaving us in the dust, we all know about the political pressure against trade coming from some of our unions. but there is no excuse for america to take a back seat to global leadership and trade. washington is sitting on pending trade agreements with south korea, colombia and panama. if we fail to pass them, we will not only miss opportunities to create new jobs, we will lose a large number of existing jobs. south korea, for example, is ready to proceed with a free trade agreement they have negotiated with the e.u. if the europeans go ahead and we believe they would, about mid year, while we continue to delay, and a very legitimate study, estimated that 350,000 more americans will lose their jobs. with millions of americans already desperate for work, how could any member of congress or the administration sit by and allow this to happen. we must also modernize our export controls, which today caused us billions i
of -- my question. why is it that the united states does not want to talk about israel? or the people or our politicians do not want to talk about israel in the forefront? and my comments are this. when the country was very young, you mention also about the oil. and other callers have mentioned oil. the -- our country almost was built on oil and gold. and appalachians and other areas. what happened? and why can it not be resurrected now? >> guest: well, the easiest root to buy it from the arabs and other things at home. i think we need to be more careful on israel. israel in my mind at least has every right to do what it needs to do to defend itself and preserve itself. nately, including that. however, we have no interest in the israelis and palestinians. that is a religious war in which we have no stake. why do we not talk about that? there are many crops that are extraordinarily influential in funding. i lost a job last year simply because i said that i suspect mr. obama would maintain traditional u.s. policy toward i suspected mr. obama would maintain traditional u.s. policy toward
in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, january 20, 2010. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable tom udall, a senator from the state of new mexico, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, presidet pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader is recognized. mr. reid: following leader remarks, the senate will proceed to a period of morning business for one hour with senators allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each. the time will be equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees. following that morning business, the senate will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of beverly baldwin martin of georgia to be a united
is to the united states? when he said the americans are already using these in an ad hoc sort of fashion. they bought a certain things in egypt and support things in this and that, but they haven't put it all together yet. i'm going to put it altogether and demonstrate that i am the best counterterrorism analyst the west has ever had a domestic my stomach in their eye, they haven't come up with a strategy that's but mcorp to inoculate the global movement from these efforts by identifying them and agree to make sure they can't hurt us in the future because we are aware of them so from then forward he is always like there is another one. this is why i was saying he is the investigative reporter for al-qaeda. so the six steps -- and the fine back trackers is something anybody who used to be a big voice in the global jihadist movements then renounces al-qaeda hurts them. he says it hurts that really bad. at a college by barking dogs metric, however many of our yapping response to something is indicator of how vulnerable they feel. besides every cancellations or revisions of all these guys re
be created if the united states defaulted on our debt. if we fail to take action now, our nation's credit would be undermined, our economy would be further weakened, and important programs like social security and veterans benefits would be at grave risk. raising the debt limit is the only responsible course of action at this time. it would not authorize one penny of new spending, but it will allow to us pay the bills we've already incurred. we've ate the meal. we've had the dinner. now we've got to pay the check, madam president. so i'm asking my republican friends to join us on this measure. i'm asking them to take responsibility for the mess that they helped to create and to be a part of the solution rather than leaving other people to clean up their mistakes. during the year when they were in control, senate republicans voted seven times to increase the debt limit. they refused to pay for major initiatives. they cut revenues and increased spending. madam president, it didn't take a financial expert to recognize that this is just plain irresponsible. so when republican colleagues talk
is the second independent country in the western hemisphere, second to the united states. in 1804 there were two independent countries, haiti, the united states first, and haiti. and i., you know, i venture to say that haiti helped the united states to be what it is. you can ask your questions later on. but if not for haiti, you probably would be speaking french on the west side of the mississippi now. the 13 states that formed it, we in haiti health that happened by defeating napoleon troops in haiti and continued onto the northern territories. but not only the united states gained from us. venezuela, gran colombia, including colombia, venezuela, and ecuador. left for an haiti with men, weapons, both to go liberate those places. and to show his gratitude towards haiti, the venezuelan flag is the haitian flag with the yellow band on top. but you know, that was a bad example. black slaves rising up against the white masters and beating them, even though we benefit in the united states primates and even though we benefit in all of south america. no, you shouldn't do that. for 16 years, haiti was u
general of the united states, eric holder. [applause] >> good morning. i think we're already starting to save some money here on the heat. [laughter] >> it's a little brisk up here. i don't know what it's like down there. [laughter] >> thank you so much, kathleen. i want to say hello and a special thank you to deputy secretary korr, incoming, acting deputy attorney general grindler did i get that title right and lanny brewer is here as well. i'm pleased to join all of you and i thank you all for participating in today's important discussion. let me also thank the national institutes of health for hosting us. i think it's very fitting that we're gathered here at nih where some of our nation's most innovative and collaborative thinking about healthcare is done. now, as we turn our attention to the problem of healthcare fraud, one of our most urgent, destructive and widespread national challenges we have an opportunity to build on the record of achievement that's been established right here. today's summit marks a critical step forward in the work being done by h.e.a.t., our healthcare f
or online. >> yes. i should have made it clear. what people see in the united states is a very small portion of what you do. >> that's right. prime minister's questions is different from the rest. but it does give you a flavor of the competitive nature of parliamentary debate. and the way two sides line up against each other in a kind of face-off. and it's very different for most of the european parliament. most of which are in cycles and a speaker may go up to the podium and read a speech. usually it's quite a small number of people. the commons has a very different style to that. >> here in the united states the house of representatives went on television before the united states senate. some said at that point in time that it was because the house was on television that the senate finally went on television. in your case, the house of lourdes was already on television. is that correct? >> that's right. the lourdes had been televised for four or five years beforehand. and i think the same could be said to apply. i think it just became very difficult for m.p.'s the members of parliament to
service or even the countries that you want matily did not go with the united states and the uk and the oral a lies in this. they are really saying that saddam hussein did not have wepons of mass destruction. and he was not a threat to him. >> we can argue about some of it. it's very strong phrase. >> and, but again this is why -- >> but it supports the view that the case has been made. that it's irrefutable. >> okay. would it have been that weekend had those two words not be there? probably not. because if a sense what the document did was it set out a pretty broad range in case. attend had the history. and if you go to the --er i repeat the point that i made earlier. it was noted in the report about the major economy. at the time, it was pretty conservative. it was very cautious. there was nothing explosive about it. the reporter who provoked the controversy later, actually said there's nothing new in this. we have lived for years. so what we can, you know what i can say about that. because i can't remember every part of every discussion about it. but i think that what we're d
on was concerning religious expression in the united states. and diverse group of palace produce what they call a consensus statements, that aims to clarify what the law says about public displays of religion. they talk about areas such as religion in politics and the workplace, religious gatherings on government property, and the legislative bodies in the military. this to our forum was hosted by the brookings institution. >> and so i want to introduce our very distinguished panel, and will introduce the other members later on. i want to start by introducing my friend and colleague and the person for whom i have a boundless respect and admiration , melissa rogers. i'm proud to say that melissa is a non resident senior fellow with the governance studies department at brookings and she also serves as director of a wake forest university divinity school center for religion and public affairs. melissa teaches classes on christianity and public policy and on church-state relations in the united states. in 2008 baylor university press published a case she authored called religious freedom and the su
't change the trajectory, they will have a shorter lifespan than their parents. here in the united states of america. the fact that some of these consequences don't show up for 10 or 15 or 20 years, should not make this any less of a crisis, although dr. palfrey just did a great job of what really happens in the unseen impacts of childhood obesity. the administration has already supported some major changes in policy to help reverse the growing trend of obesity. one of the most historic steps is the recovery act that the president signed almost a year ago, which is going to have a first time ever 650 million-dollar investment in prevention and wellness aimed at obesity and smoking cessation. community projects across this country will be experimenting with what really it takes to make some changes. and the surgeon general has already recognized that there are a range of factors influencing obesity. what we've already done with those grants is begin to allocate them to states, but also to ask communities to come up with creative strategies. and some of the ideas are really encouraging. in
first. the statistics are eye-opening. amazingly, the united states and germany are the only western democracies in which parents are more likely to have earned a college degree than their children. and in west virginia, for every 100 ninth graders in school today, statistics tell us only 16 will graduate from college. and while enrollment in public colleges and universities is higher than ever, our graduation rates are very disappointing. our greatest challenge is to make sure that those who start college will finish it. learning additional skills beyond high school is more critical than ever for west virginians. that is why i am asking all of our technical and four-year colleges and universities to freeze their tuition rates for the coming school year. [applause] >> as we grow new business and technology sectors we must still support the traditional industries that have helped build our state and make this nation great. west virginia will play an increasing major role in our energy's future. west virginia ranks second in the nation in exporting electricity. and most of our coal and
, the majority was in a position to agree to a vote on the nomination of joseph greenaway, the united states circuit judge for the third circuit. however, i was advised that republicans would not agree to such request. therefore, we have substituted the nomination of rosp anna peterson. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, i would ask the the pardon of everyone here. it's a shame sometimes things take so long. i've been working for three and a half hours or maybe longer trying to get to this point; numerous conversations with a few senators. we're now at a point where we can move on to the next day's business. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today it adjourn until 2:00 p.m. on monday, january 25. following the prayer and the pledge, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the morning hour be deemed expired, the time for the leaders be reserved for use later in the day and the senate proceed to a period of morning business until 3:00 p.m. with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. follow
to create gratuitous daylight between the united states and israel, precisely to gain favor with the palestinian and the arab states. hence, also the comedy of errors in honduras where obama reflectively supported as you go shove a hugo chavez wannabe and allied. while opposing the actions of nearly every constitutional institution in the country which had acted to depose a would be dictator, according to article 239 of the honduran constitution. hits, also, and i'm quite chocolatey, lebanon's recent demonstrations of fealty, to syria, syria had been ostracized by the bush administration for its role in the assassination that it is now with the obama administration which is offering conciliation and the return of the u.s. ambassador. the pro-western and pro-independence lebanese know how to read wind direction. hence, the recent astonishing visit of lebanese president to damascus, to bend a knee to president hasan, the man he knows was behind the murder of his own father. but who is now the once again rising regional power. as the obama administration resets relations. with
that it is the duty of this body -- that is, the united states senate, to hold accountable those regulators hooz poor oversight of our financial institutions and markets help produce the greatest economic crisis this country has experienced in some 80 years. madam president, because the preserve during chairman bernanke's tenure failed to take the steps to ensure that our financial institutions were properly regulated and would not need federal bailouts to survive, i do not believe that mr. bernanke should be confirmed for another term. prior to the recent financial crisis, as a member of the board of governors, dr. bernanke advocated monetary policies that contributed to excessive risk taking. subsequently, as board chairman, he ignored or down played the serious emerging risk. he failed to use regulatory authority available to the fed to prevent housing speculation and unsound lending practices, often misjudged the nature of problems in markets, contributed to market turbulence by appearing to act inconsistently and in an ad hoc manner he failed to ensure transparency of actions and basically took
. everybody wants that moment tv with the president of the united states. >> host: linda chavez with the christian science monitor. thank you for your time this 40. >> guest: thank you. >> and a programming note as we wait for the house budget committee to come back on house votes to continue looking at the trillion dollar budget deficit. tonight c-span live coverage of the state of the union will start at 8 p.m. with a historical look at presidents in their first year in office. and that's all by the president's address at 9 p.m. eastern. then the republican response by virginia governor bob mcdonnell, and their reaction. here on c-span2, we will simulcast the president's speech and offer live reaction from members of congress from a statutory holiday in the u.s. capital. >> the committee will reconvene, called to order. doctor elmendorf, we will continue with question and answer period, and i would now like to turn to my colleague from virginia, mr. scott, for his questions. >> thank you. dr. elmendorf, i would like to pull up the first chart. it's this one that you are lookin
led by the united states and japan. so the bottom line is that unification is going to be extremely expensive and we certainly are nowhere close to being able to pay for it so it's a good thing for south korea is not going to happen soon because they are not ready. and so that leaves the role the u.s. will have. i would argue that the u.s. has the most to gain from unification, that a unified korea will remain a friend of the u.s. and the u.s. troops would be unlikely to lead a unified curia, korea will remain in a tough neighborhood not trusting the chinese or japanese and we are far away. so i think a u.s. troops will remain in the american companies whether from bechtel to procter & gamble and coca-cola and cargill and infrastructure and consumer goods companies will rush in to take the advantage of them. god help the north koreans when they get there on mcdonnell's but american companies will rush in to take advantage of the opportunities in north korea so the burden will fall exclusively on the south korean people or any government but i done think that's going to be enough --
currently working with the united states in cooperation vis-À-vis the thing with these powers? >> from the pacom perspective, we view it as a very positive develop a. it's a demonstration of the prc's willingness to to utilize their military capability in a way that is contributing to other nations, to the international betterment of security and that particular region of the world. they began those operations, operating outside of the international regime that was put in place to coordinate the efforts by the many nations that are contributing to the anti-piracy efforts. over the years, now that this has been occurring, i would offer that the prc has grown closer to those regimes. and to the extent that there is a light to medication that has been developed in a level of information sharing, that is both contributing to their operations and also contributing to the operations of the combined task force that engaged in counter piracy. . . while they still cannot for their own political reasons join the international task force, they're operating in cooperation with, unquote,
, the individual is where people lose their coverage in the united states and a drop to the system at that point so this is the fix to those markets if we are going to build on the existing system and issues raised in tim's paper and by this panel i think are critically important in terms of a society on the provisions in the bill, federal versus state control, and also implementing the bill over the next two years. >> thank you, sarah. things are friends of the commonwealth fund for supporting some of the research that was used to such good effect in this conversation and for supporting in participating in this briefing. thank you for your fortitude listening to a lot of actuarial a terminology over the last hour-and-a-half. and let me ask you to hobble think the panelists. i think of the insurance exchanges in whatever format run as well as this exchange has run a. [laughter] the country is going to be well served. so thanks very much to all of it. in [applause] [applause] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] a look at today's state department briefing including security lapses dur
, veterans services to unite all our state veterans programs into one cabinet department. with the ohio gi promise ohio became the first-aid in the nation to open its doors and the doors of our state universities and colleges with free tuition for veterans from across our country. we've made military pensions free of state income tax. so let these policies send a clear message to everyone who has warned this nation's uniform. heroes are welcome in ohio. [applause] thank you. so today in honor of all the servicemen and women from ohio who are bravely serving, yes, i would like you to join me in a moment of silent reflection. let us pray for their safe return and for the comfort and strength of those who have suffered loss and injury. thank-you. i am proud today to say that in assembling a cabinet, and in appointing judges, no ohio government has ever chosen have as to better reflect the great diversity of this great state. women now hold half the seats in my cabinet. [applause] [applause] among the 40 judicial vacancies that i filled, more than one-third of our new judges are african-americ
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